Randolph boys eliminate Roxbury; Mt. Olive pulls the upset

By Mark Kitchin

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ROXBURY — J. P. Southren knows that his final game in a Randolph uniform was going to come sooner or later, but the senior attack man  didn’t want it to happen on a sunny Saturday morning of the field of his team’s most determined rival.

Southren bounced in a goal with 27 seconds left in regulation to lift Randolph to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over Roxbury in North Group III action.

Southren and sophomore brother Jake Southren had three goals apiece and T. J. Lindquist had two goals and two assists for the Rams. Steve Ruffin, Phil Caltigirone and Arthur Warden scored two goals each for the Gaels.

56 bl st randroxRandolph’s Jake Southren fires a shot that lands in the top right corner of the net for a first-half goal. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Roxbury led 7-5 with 11 minutes left in the game but Randolph rallied on goals by Lindquist and Jake Southren to tie the game with 5:49 left. It was a ground ball gathered by Brian Gleeson that created an unsettled situation and gave J. P. Southren an opportunity in the final seconds.

“It was pretty sweet,” Southren said. “The clock was running down. I knew how much time was left. I got the ball and I let it fly. It went right into the pipe, right above his head”

His lefty shot from the right side of the box took a long bounce and sailed into the left corner of the net, just under the crossbar.

Southren plans to continue playing lacrosse at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, but not just yet. His goal was the type of play you would expect from a senior who just wanted to play one more game with his teammates.

60 bl st randroxThe Southren brothers, Jake (4) and J. P. (6) accounted for six of Randolph’s eight goals. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“J.P is obviously our go to guy,” Randolph coach John Naslonski said. “He is a top-notch player. He’s an all-around great kid. He is a quarterback on the field. If there is something we need to get done, we look to J.P.”

The neighboring schools played last week with Randolph coming out ahead 7-5 in the annual meeting for the Randolph-Roxbury Cup. There did not seem to be any technical change between the squads in the interim except that the Gaels decided they wanted a little revenge for the loss, but in the end the Rams wouldn’t give it to them.

“We played them four days ago,” Southren said. “It was about the same. The hustle was there. They got lucky a couple of times. We got lucky a couple of times. Coach gave us a speech at halftime. If we win we go on and if we lose we go home. We won.”

Another edge for Randolph might have been a solid performance by Rams goalkeeper Matt Carle. Carle may be one of the most elusive goalkeepers in the open field. His quickness allowed him to dart up the field several times to clear the ball himself. The Randolph netminder finished with 14 saves.

“He’s been stellar,” Naslonski said. “He made great saves. A few of their goals, he got pieces of. He’s kept us in many games this year.”

27 bl st randroxRandolph goalie Matt Carle likes to stretch his legs. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Randolph jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the first quarter. Roxbury rallied and tied the game at 4-all at the half with the help of Phil Caltigirone’s goal with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. Back-to-back scores by Arthur Warden and Caltigirone gave the Gaels a 6-4 edge midway through the third but the Rams got one back on a fast-break goal by Lindquist with 41 seconds left to make it a one-goal game going into the fourth quarter.

Roxbury made it 7-5 on Steve Ruffin’s goal off a Cole Skelly feed just 50 seconds into the final period. However, the Rams were determined to rally for the win and now advance in the tournament to play Scotch Plains-Fanwood, a 16-4 winner over  Fair Lawn on Saturday, in the quarterfinal round of North III.

“The kids just showed a ton of heart,” Naslonski said. “Talent-wise we are a good team. Head, heart and hustle is what makes this team tick. The guys stepped up at the right time and just never gave up. I’m so proud of them.”

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Any game between Randolph and Roxbury is a physical game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

State Tournament

Mountain Lakes 18, Boonton 2

The top-seeded Lakers took a 9-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Joe Norton and Drew Recchia connected for Boonton in the opening round Group I contest. Mountain Lakes plays Madison in the quarterfinal round.

Madison 13, Kittatinny 4

Madison led 10-1 at the half. A. J. Schmitz and Sean Casey scored four goals each and Justin Dalena scored twice for the Dodgers.

Pequannock 12, Waldwick 0

Austin Geissel and Andrew Sonntag combined to stop six shots to earn the shutout in Group I action. Liam Lilienthal ha four goals and two assists and Dan Duffy fired a hat trick and Bryan Peters and Tyler Macejka had one goal and four assists each to pace the Golden Panthers. The Golden Panthers play West Essex next.

25 bl st randroxRoxbury’s Will Doran tries to separate a Randolpoh defenseman Nolan Sappio  from the ball. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Kinnelon, 13, Pascack Hills 6

The Colts led 12-0 at the half. Nick Labanca and Robert Lewis notched hat tricks to pace second-seeded Kinnelon. The Colts host Caldwell in the quarterfinal round of North I.

Chatham 17, Demarest 2

The third-seeded Cougars led 13-0 at the half. Dan Barkhorn and Joe Nappa fired hat tricks for the Cougars in Group II action. Chatham plays the winner of Pascack Valley and Sparta.

Summit 17, Jefferson 1

Peyton Faase scored the only goal for the Falcons in Group II state tournament action. The Hilltoppers are the top seed of North Group II.

Ramapo 15, Morris Hills 3

Ramapo is the tournament’s fourth seed in North II. The loss drops the Scarlet Knights to 9-9.

Montville 13, Wayne Hills 5

A 7-goal first quarter propelled the Mustangs in Group III action. Graham Jespersen scored three goals and Will Robey, Tyler Chin, Jake Drexl and Niko Del Moro scored two goals apiece for Montville. The Mustangs led 8-3 at the half and pulled away with four consecutive third-quarter goals. Montville plays top-seeded Ridgewood in the quarterfinal round

Mount Olive 7, Wayne Valley 6

The Marauders rallied from a 4-3 halftime deficit to advance to earn the upset win. They scored four of five third quarter goals to take a 7-5 lead going into the final period. Mark Laratta had three goals and one assist and Travis Gerdes, Alex Maya, Alec Oriolo and Brandon Porter added goals for 12th-seeded Mount Olive. The Marauders travel to play fourth-seeded Mendham next in North Group III quarterfinals.

Mendham 17, Morris Knolls 4

Ross Coapman had four goals and an assist, Tim Gillespie had three goals and Chandler Avallone had two goals and four assists for the Minutemen. Drew Robshaw also notched a pair of goals for Mendham. Shane Dougherty, Sean Lorenz, Reed Pelliconi and Sean Statlander had goals for the Golden Eagles.

Morristown 8, Millburn 2

The seventh-seeded Colonials advance to play the winner of West Morris and Middletown North in the North III quarterfinals.

West Morris 17, Middletown North 0

Jeremy Angle had four goals and one assist, Matt Carfaro had three goals and two assists, Cooper Sloan had two goals and three assists and Griff Maroney scored twice for the Wolfpack. West Morris led 10-0 after the first quarter.

Girls 

Regular season

Passaic Valley 11, Park Regional 9

Michaela Tricola scored four goals and Melissa Wamp had a goal and an assist to pace Park in the road loss. Passaic Valley led 6-5 at the half.

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About mcvbb

Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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